I truly believe that gratitude can be contagious, so let’s shake off the whiney and grumpy mood we can get in. And for the next 21 days, let’s become beauty seekers. Let’s train our heart and mind to look for the beauty that surrounds us, the big and the small moments. The Tuten familia along with 20 other bloggers plan on doing this challenge for the next 21 days so I hope you join us on this journey!
It’s so easy to complain, grumble, or not to be content with our situation, our body, our home, our kids, our food, our job, our significant other, our parents, our school, our friends, and life as we know it. In an effort to be less of that and to focus our day on the joy and beauty that surrounds us, I want to challenge myself, my family, and you to be more aware of the blessings we are surrounded with each day.
My hope is that you will find beauty and blessings in the mundane, in the beautiful, in the ugly as you: change diapers, wash dishes, sit in holiday traffic, stir the pot of soup, look into your loved one’s eyes, hold your child in your arms… We are constantly surrounded by small miracles. Let’s open our eyes and embrace them.
We will discover joy when we discover gratitude.
The challenge is about stopping to reflect and engage in a moment of thankfulness each day this month with your family
“Hurry always empties the soul.” ~ Ann Voskamp
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Stop by on November 1st so we can get started on our 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge that will inspire you to appreciate the little moments that pass you by. The above prompts you can download over at Babble and below is another set of prompts that focuses our kids and family, so you can pick whichever one suits you. This one you will fill in the blanks with information about your children and spouse and as each days go by you can hole punch it. You can download it here for free: 21 Days of Gratitude Family Prompts
How to join the challenge:
1. Print off one of the prompts from above that you prefer.
2. Let others know about our 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge for the Whole Family and use the hashtag #21DaysGratitude. Our hope is that it’s contagious and 1000′s of families join in so help us get the word out. In the midst of our busyness it’s easy to forget to pause and be thankful. Sometimes we are in the midst of difficult circumstances and we struggle with being thankful and that’s when we need thanksgiving to intervene.
3. 2. Stop, reflect and engage in a moment of thankfulness each day this month, using the prompts. It can be big or small moments of gratitude.
4. Share your moment on your blog with a photo, on facebook, twitter, pinterest or your preferred social network. If you’re doing this as a family let your kids snap a photo of something they are thankful for. It can be as simple as a taking a picture of a note written on a napkin that says “I am thankful I get to hold these little pudgy fingers”. You can journal it or do a service project. Make it simple or get as creative as you like.
5. Don’t worry if you are getting a late start or if you skipped a day. Just jump in and follow along.
Each day from November 1st- 21st and one of our lovely bloggers will walk along side of you in this challenge by sharing an encouraging quote focused on being thankful, gratitude, kindness… They will also share an activity or share their 21 Gratitude moment. Stop by and visit their website on the date listed below to read their Contagious Gratitude story or activity..
Here are the lovely bloggers and each day they post I will come back and update you here with the link so that you have it all in one place:
- Nov 1st. – Mari at Inspired by Familia - Day One Girlfriends are necessary…
- 2nd Heather at Upside Down Homeschooling - Day Two – Gratitude is a Lifestyle
- 3rd Devany at Still Playing School Day Three- In Memory of Violet (Hold your little ones a little longer)
- 4th Alisha at Makeovers and Motherhood Day Four – A Family Full of Thankfulness… Serving Others
- 5th – Emma at P is for Preschooler Day Five – What Made You Happy? Game for Toddlers
- 6th – Kim at The Educators’ Spin On It Day Six - I Am Thankful For You Chocolate Bar Wrappers & Craft (free printable)
- 7th Kristina at Toddler Approved! Day Seven – Parenting Challenges: I am Grateful for the kids who are hardest to love.
- 8th – Amy at The Connection We Share Day Eight – Before I Tuck Him In – Teaching Gratitude
- & Bits of Positivity - Gratitude for New Adventures… In Parenting
- 9th – Jane at Mama Pea Pod – Day Nine -How the Magic of My Kids Kept Me Alive
- 10th Jen at Mum in the Madhouse - Choose Happiness
- & The Eyes of a Boy Remembering the Loss, Thankful for the Present
- 11th Melissa at Mama Miss Thankful FREE Print & Thankful Jar
- 12th Jen at Plain Vanilla Mom Day 12 – A Thankful Heart
- 13th Annette at Tips from a Typical Mom Day 13 – Thanksgiving Subway Art
- & JDaniel’s 4 Mom - Day 13- Grateful for Family
- 14th Natalie at Learning with Mouse - Day 14 - Be Thankful for Parents
- 15th Carla at Preschool Powol Packets -Day 15 – Experiencing Gratitude with Your Children
- 16th Giselle at Kids Yoga Stories -Day 16 - 10 Ways to Teach Your Toddler Gratitude
- & Wildlife Ramblings – Day 16 – This song brought me through when I was deployed to Afghanistan
- 17th Amanda at Dirt and Boogers - Day 17 – Feeling Grateful on Hard Days
- 18th Heather at Local Fun for Kids - There is no such thing as over abundance of thanks.
- 19th Ariadne at Positive Parenting Connection - Day 19 – The Simple Moments That Matter
- 20th Jen Farr at Kitchen Counter Chronicles Day 20 -
- 21st Jen Fischer at The Good Long Road
Are you looking for more Gratitude Ideas for the whole family? Try these: